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    A rabbit owner describes the difficulties she has faced in finding a practice able to care for her rabbits:

    http://veterinaryrecord.bmj.com/content/182/22/640

    (Thanks to FHB for pointing me in this direction )

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    Goodness, what an ordeal for her! I'm very privileged and thankful that my own, excellent exotics vet is a 5 minute drive away.

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    In my experience my first vets deemed any rabbit over two as old, that for starters isn't great. I have had the 'we can do this and this treatment but it's veeery expensive' along with the often negative 'it probably won't work/ do much good' talks.

    To cut a long story short I wish I knew then what I know now, I know now that with a couple of my buns I could have done more but at the time I've trusted the vet or felt silly questioning them. Something I'll never do again, now if I think of something after, I'll always ring them back up or bring it up and the next appointment.

    I'm also currently looking for a new rabbit savvy vet/ practice as I don't feel confident in the practice they're registered to at the moment

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    Quote Originally Posted by capable View Post
    Goodness, what an ordeal for her! I'm very privileged and thankful that my own, excellent exotics vet is a 5 minute drive away.

    Wonderful vets are worth their weight in gold

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    Our local vet practice is great with small pets. Very lucky. Only 5 mins walk away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leannean27 View Post
    In my experience my first vets deemed any rabbit over two as old, that for starters isn't great. I have had the 'we can do this and this treatment but it's veeery expensive' along with the often negative 'it probably won't work/ do much good' talks.

    To cut a long story short I wish I knew then what I know now, I know now that with a couple of my buns I could have done more but at the time I've trusted the vet or felt silly questioning them. Something I'll never do again, now if I think of something after, I'll always ring them back up or bring it up and the next appointment.

    I'm also currently looking for a new rabbit savvy vet/ practice as I don't feel confident in the practice they're registered to at the moment

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    It's easy to forget that we are paying them to do a job. It's a bit like doctors - we don't like to question their authority, but once you begin to be quietly assertive then it certainly gets easier

    I find it a good idea to have contacts with more than one vet practice, as when you come up against a brick wall you've then got somewhere to turn

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    if by taking them seriously you mean - "oh hello my little snuggles! aren't you simply adorable. oh my come here and let me sneak you out the back and never return you" then yes

    in all seriousness, I haven't thankfully had too many issues. the first time I went to P@H vets I had some issues, but after asking about the practice owner understood how important it was and directed me to the two most knowledgeable. admittedly, they weren't exotic vets nor had they done proper training, but both had owned rabbits and had read many many books on them. they knew what they were doing. I only moved practice because they left.

    I can see where the issue is though, many people look at you like you're mad. multiple family members and neighbours think i'm nuts for what I do. the fact I spent almost a month nursing Luna back to health after her spay.. the months I spent exhausting myself day and night to keep Snoopy alive. I'd get asked "why bother? they're replaceable". comments that I'm stupid for what I do. despite not everything worked out in my favour for Snoopy - I'd still do it all over again if need be.

    its different but - I was looked at like I was insane for what I did for my gerbil. a year of antibiotics and vet trips until she became too weak to go on. I took my hamsters to the vet and gave them medicine when they were unwell. the fact I spent money on them and PTS rather than "releasing them into the garden". I won't say what else I was suggested to do.

    when I discovered Luna was blind...many asked me if I would get rid of her. the reason they said that sounded like they couldn't be bothered to deal with a sick animal.

    people view animals that aren't dogs or cats replaceable because you can purchase another for £10, £20 at a pet store. they don't see how important and wonderful they are. its sad.
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    I'm so very limited where I live, I have only the one vet practice available, any further means a very long journey, therefore more stress all round. To be fair to them though, they have been very good, despite hardly ever seeing any bunnies until I moved into the area ! and they do appreciate the fact that I have some knowledge of buns myself (thanks to RU) so will always take me seriously if I am worried about something. A couple of newish vets have joined now, and they seem much more clued up on small furries
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    I was very impressed with my vets (both guys Sonic has seen). Unfortunately, my favourite has gone to open up his own practice elsewhere He adored Sonic, and gave me ultimate confidence in him when he went for his first dental. He handled Sonic so nicely, and spoke to him like I speak to him!

    The last time Sonic had a dental, the vet nurse was making up all sorts of excuses... "oh his temperature was low so I've had to cuddle him all afternoon..." I told her to enjoy the cuddles whilst he was off his face, as they never normally happen!

    When I took Jake the guinea pig, I was a little less impressed by the lady vet that saw him... she took no time to talk to him and didn't seem confident in handling him at all. I guess she didn't know how much of a soft lump he is, but I was very surprised.

    My friend is just about to start her final year to become a vet... unlucky for me and the pets, she's wanting to specialise in agricultural animals. She'll be a fantastic vet anyway, but I wish she could look after my boys for me

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    I’ve only really had to ‘test’ them when one was injured during bonding. 2 surgeries to close the wound didn’t work as the skin kept splitting. They wanted to try again a third time but when I took her in for her admission appointment I expressed my concern about a third anaesthetic in less than 2 weeks, the vet I saw that day agreed and we decided to give it a chance to heal itself which did work - during my many visits I didn’t always see vets that actually worked there, a few were locums. They all did take the rabbit seriously, although I had varying degrees of confidence in the vets we saw. None of them saw her as ‘just a rabbit’ though. I live fairly close to the **** vet School in Edinburgh so if I wasn’t happy with the diagnosis or treatment from my local vet I would go there for a second opinion. So many people do see rabbits as easily replaceable, my own Mum implied that it wasn’t worth a £1k vet bill to treat the injury!

    ETA: Oh dear the forum doesn’t like the name of the vet school

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